Georg Büchner's


Adapted by Jack Thorne

Georg Büchner
Adapted by Jack Thorne

Matt Wilde

The Carne Studio Theatre

Saturday 10 June at 7:30pm
Monday 12 June at 2pm
Tuesday 13 June at 7:30pm
Wednesday 14 June at 2pm
Thursday 15 June at 7:30pm

The running time is approximately 2 hours 25 minutes including an interval.

About the show

It's 1980s Berlin. The Cold War rages and the world sits at a crossroads between Capitalism and Communism. On the border between East and West, a young soldier and the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child.

But the cost of escaping poverty is high in this searing tale of the people society leaves behind.

Georg Büchner (1813–1837) was a German dramatist and writer of poetry and prose. His plays include Danton's DeathLeonce and Lena and Woyzeck.

Jack Thorne is a playwright and BAFTA-winning screenwriter.

His plays for the stage include: When Winston Went to War with the Wireless (Donmar Warehouse, 2023); The Motive and the Cue (National Theatre, 2023); After Life, an adaptation of a film by Hirokazu Kore-eda (National Theatre, 2021); the end of history... (Royal Court, London, 2019); an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (Old Vic, London, 2017); an adaptation of Büchner's Woyzeck (Old Vic, London, 2017); Junkyard (Headlong, Bristol Old Vic, Rose Theatre Kingston & Theatr Clwyd, 2017); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre, London, 2016); The Solid Life of Sugar Water (Graeae and Theatre Royal Plymouth, 2015); Hope (Royal Court, London, 2015); adaptations of Let the Right One In (National Theatre of Scotland at Dundee Rep, the Royal Court and the Apollo Theatre, London, 2013/14) and Stuart: A Life Backwards (Underbelly, Edinburgh and tour, 2013); Mydidae (Soho, 2012; Trafalgar Studios, 2013); an adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse, 2012); Bunny (Underbelly, Edinburgh, 2010; Soho, 2011); 2nd May 1997 (Bush, 2009); When You Cure Me (Bush, 2005; Radio 3's Drama on Three, 2006); Fanny and Faggot (Pleasance, Edinburgh, 2004 and 2007; Finborough, 2007; English Theatre of Bruges, 2007; Trafalgar Studios, 2007); and Stacy (Tron, 2006; Arcola, 2007; Trafalgar Studios, 2007).

His television work includes His Dark MaterialsThen Barbara Met Alan (with Genevieve Barr), The EddyHelpThe AccidentKiriNational Treasure and This is England ’86/’88/’90.

His films include The Swimmers (with Sally El Hosaini), Enola HolmesRadioactiveThe Aeronauts and Wonder.

He was the recipient of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Outstanding Contribution to Writing in 2022.

Matt Wilde is the Course Leader of the MFA Professional Acting & MA Directing courses at LAMDA and is an award winning Theatre & Film Director.

In his current position, he directs and teaches across a range of LAMDA’s acting programmes. Public productions directed include King Charles III and our Graduating Actors Showcase.

Matt has worked professionally as an actor and director nationally and internationally. He has directed at some of the UK’s leading theatres including the Royal Court London, National Theatre London, Almeida, Old Vic, Soho, Unicorn Theatre, Liverpool Everyman, Edinburgh Traverse and for leading companies including National Theatre, KSF, Out of Joint, Actors Touring Company, Old Vic New Voices, Middle Eastern Theatre Academy and Splendid Productions. His work has taken him to NYC: Broadway, UAE, Europe, Brazil and Mexico. Matt is also a former Associate Director of the National Theatre Studio and Out of Joint Theatre Company.
Matt studied and trained as an actor and director at Bretton Hall: University of Leeds, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and on programmes with the Arts Council of England. He has and continues to be involved in developing and producing new work with writers from a variety of venues, programmes and communities. He has worked on new work with writers including Roy Williams, Sabrina Mahfouz, Greg Burke, Hassan Abdulrazzak, David Hare and Adam Rapp. Education and actor training is at the core of his endeavours and he has worked extensively in the UK’s leading Drama Schools and institutions including LAMDA, LIPA, RADA, Rose Bruford and Goldsmiths University. Most recently he created and was the Course Leader for the MA Acting (Company) Course at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). 
Matt’s debut feature film Kicking Off won BEST UK FEATURE FILM at London’s Raindance Film Festival in 2015 and BEST PRODUCTION & BEST UK FEATURE FILM at Oxford International Film Festival 2016 and toured international film festivals.

Contains very strong language, offensive language, sexual references, sexual content, descriptions of violent acts, mental health disorders, sexism, misogyny, drug use and suicide, violence, references to war, death, blood, psychological, emotional, sexual and physical abuse, self-harm, pregnancy, references to abortion, smoking, and replica firearms.

Photos: SRTaylor Photography

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Matt Wilde*

Lizzy Leech*

Assistant Director
Martha Barnett

Voice Director
Victoria Woodward*

Movement Director
Adi Gortler*

Intimacy Director
Christina Fulcher

Music Director
Ben Hales*

Aaron Blackmon*

Lighting Designer
Anna Matthews*

Sound Designer
Poppy Morley

Fight Director
Sam Behan*

Costume Supervisor 
Tabitha Stock*

Wardrobe Assistant
Niamh Parsons*


* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Laura Brady

Singer / GDR Citizen / East German Soldier / Landlord
Lee Braithwaite

Adam Lamb

Melchizedek Oketch

Captain Thompson
Vilberg Andri Pálsson

Maggie / Mother
Ezra Saifie

Doctor Martens
Kaustubh Vaidya

Young Woyzeck
Noah Wilde*

Production Team

Stage Manager on the Book
Natasha Shirley

Technical Stage Manager
Aidan Gibson

Production Manager
Stephanie Siraut

Chief LX
​​​​​​Ciara Brady

Production Sound Engineer
Jacob Eckardt